Crashburn Alley 2015 Playoff Predictions

The MLB playoffs will kick off on Tuesday with the Yankees hosting the Astros in the American League Wild Card game. On Wednesday, the Pirates host the Cubs to determine who makes it into the Division Series.

Here are the predictions from the Crashburn staff. Feel free to list your own predictions in the comments and let us know where we went wrong.

AL WC NL WC NLDS1 NLDS2 ALDS1 ALDS2 NLCS ALCS WS
Bill Baer HOU CHC STL in
4
NYM in
5
HOU in
5
TOR in
3
STL in
6
TOR in
7
STL in
6
Michael Baumann NYY PIT STL in
3
NYM in
5
KC in
4
TOR in
4
STL in
5
TOR in
7
STL in
5
Corinne Landrey  NYY  CHC  CHC in
4
 LAD in
5
KC in
3
 TEX in
5
LAD in
5
 TEX in
7
LAD in
6
Adam Dembowitz  HOU CHC CHC in
5
NYM in
5
KC in
4
 TOR in
4
 NYM in
6
 KC in
7
KC in
6
Brad Engler HOU PIT PIT in
5
LAD in
4
KC in
4
TOR in
5
PIT in
7
TOR in
6
PIT in
6

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  1. Boo-urns

    October 06, 2015 08:11 AM

    I’m going with LA – TOR, with LA in 6. But I’m still holding out hope that it’ll be the Dodgers and Texas, just to see Hamels pitch against Rollins and Utley. 🙂

  2. Dante

    October 06, 2015 08:37 AM

    Wild Cards – HOU, CHC
    NLDS – LAD, CHC
    ALDS – KC, TOR
    CS’s – LAD, KC
    WS – KC in 6

  3. bubba0101

    October 06, 2015 08:54 AM

    Phillies make the WC in 2017. That’s my prediction.

  4. Romus

    October 06, 2015 09:17 AM

    Kershaw needs to right his play-off ship this year.
    So far regular seasons are supernovas…playoffs not so much.
    I predict this year is his year…first game of WS, Kershaw vs Hamels….but Dodgers prevail over the Rangers at the end

    • Evan

      October 06, 2015 11:16 AM

      As long as he doesn’t get matched up against St. Louis, he should be fine. They have had his number the last two post-seasons. 0-4 with a 7.15 ERA against them.

      • Pete

        October 08, 2015 01:28 AM

        Rob, I expect that is what will be running through his mind if he has to pitch against St. Louis, “SSS…SSS…SSS…SSS…”

  5. Michael C Lorah

    October 06, 2015 10:18 AM

    I’m not so much interested in round-by-round predictions. I hope Rollins, Utley and Hamels all do well and I’d be happy for them if they win it all, but overall, I’m pulling for the Pirates. It’s partly PA-pride (despite not having lived in the state since 2001), partly them being my grandmother’s team, partly them having a lot of young, exciting talent like McCutcheon, Cole and Kang.

    If the Buccos fall short, ironically, I’d like their Wild Card rival the Cubs to go all the way – again, lots of exciting young players, some local pride in the form of a manager from the town where I went to high school, and the historical element of it all. Also, there’s Back to the Future 2 to consider… 😉

  6. Tim

    October 06, 2015 10:56 AM

    Playoffs are a crapshoot, so instead of predictions, here is my ideal, rooting-interest based playoff scenario:

    AL:
    Houston beats the Yankees handily, then loses to KC in ALDS; Toronto edges out Texas, though Cole pitches beautifully; Toronto over KC (in 7 games, natch) in ALCS

    NL:
    Pittsburgh over the Cubs for the WC, then St. Louis blows the NLDS by cycling through little-league-style baserunning errors, petulant and diva-like outbursts from its players, and ugly fan behavior that fuels years of think-pieces asking the question, “just what is wrong with StL fans?”; Dodgers sweep the Mets with Rollins and Utley as the clear series co-MVPs, whole country points at Mets and laughs; Pittsburgh handles the Dodgers in the NLCS despite the world-beating play of Utley and Rollins, both of whom start every game.

    WS
    In a surprise move, MLB announces a return to 9 game WS, effective immediately. Pittsburgh and Toronto alternate winning tight games throughout the series. Bautista hits massive home runs; Gerrit Cole throws a no-hitter; Encarnacion hits a homer and actually carries a live macaw around the basepath; Canadians become insanely passionate with baseball fever; Quebec secedes from Canada and the separatist government immediately announces plans to bring the Nationals back as the Expos – by force, if necessary; Obama, anxious to avoid a war marring his final term (and to avoid price shocks in the maple syrup market) convinces Rob Manfred to agree to this, and it turns out pretty much everyone is fine with it; Quebecois government refuses to issue Papelbon an entry visa, so he finishes the final year of his contract pitching for the Syracuse Chiefs (though he does set a AAA record for saves and K/inning); Pittsburgh takes the Series in 9 games; Bernie Sanders elected president.

    That’s how I see it playing out, in an ideal world.

    • Michael C Lorah

      October 06, 2015 03:28 PM

      Where do I sign up for a visa to this world?

      • Tim

        October 06, 2015 05:12 PM

        Just make an appointment at the nearest consulate of the Free Republic of Quebec

    • Carmine

      October 07, 2015 09:28 AM

      Finally, an analyst who puts baseball in a geo-political context. But you missed one thing. The Flyers negotiate a deal with the new nation of Quebec to get exclusive rights to French-Canadian hockey players.
      Oh, and Jayson Werth becomes so frustrated trying to learn French that his play suffers, and his career comes to a premature end.

  7. 100Bucks

    October 06, 2015 12:03 PM

    My guesses

    WC Winners: HOU and CHC
    NLDS Winners: NYM and CHC
    NLCS Winner: CHC
    ALDS Winners: KC and TOR
    ALCS Winner: TOR
    WS Champs: Chicago Cubs!!!

    • 100Bucks

      October 08, 2015 04:31 PM

      HOU and CHC, just sayin’

      • 100Bucks

        October 16, 2015 09:33 PM

        NYM vs. CHC
        and
        TOR vs. KC
        again, just saying’
        This is the Cubs year.

  8. dejesus54

    October 07, 2015 11:27 AM

    I wrote this Monday night I swear:

    AL Wild Card: Astros
    ALDS: Royals over Astros in 5, Rangers over Blue Jays in 4
    ALCS: Rangers over Royals in 6

    NL Wild Card: Cubs
    NLDS: Dodgers over Mets in 4, Cards over Cubs in 5
    NLCS: Dodgers over Cards in 5

    World Series: Dodgers over Rangers in 5

  9. Ben

    November 02, 2015 10:10 AM

    Nostradembowitz!

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